ArtsAlive

ArtsAlive is Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture’s annual public sculpture program, where pieces are selected to be shown outdoors in our municipality for approximately one year, on temporary loan by the artists. Each artist has been sponsored by a local business or community group. 

Ten new installations have been selected by the Public Art Committee for 2019/20 and will be exhibited in the community until April 2020. The public is invited to vote for their favourite artwork and the sculpture with the highest number of votes is honored with the title of ‘People’s Choice’ and is guaranteed to be among the sculptures considered for purchase. Each year, the Municipality of Oak Bay considers purchasing public art from the ArtsAlive program (for fair market value, to a maximum of $18,000) to become part of its permanent public art collection.

Guided Walking Tours: Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, July-October. Meet at Monterey Recreation Centre at 10:30am.

2019/2020 ArtsAlive Sculptures

1. Connected - By Paul Reimer
2. Dreams Can Come True - By David Hunwick
3. Ebb and Flow - By Russell Papp 
(Note: not part of People’s Choice Award voting)
4. Harmony Humpbacks - By Daniel Cline
5. Jelly - By Nathan Smith
6.  Me and My Quiet Thoughts - By Mizzonk
7. Portal - By Heather Passmore
8. Reflect and Connect - By William Frymire
9. Where We Come Together - By Jim Unger
10. Winds of Time - By Linda Lindsay

Vote for your favourite sculpture

Participate: Starting June 20, 2019, vote for your favourite sculpture using the ballot in the ArtsAlive brochures, online via this webpage or using QR codes on the ballot box, or on the nameplate next to each sculpture. One vote per person please.

Ballot Box Locations:

  • Oak Bay Avenue near Wilmot Pl.
  • Oak Bay Recreation Centre
  • Monterey Recreation Centre
  • Windsor Pavilion
  • Estevan Village at Musgrave St.
  • Willows Beach Espanade at Estevan Ave.

ArtsAlive builds on six very successful and engaging summers of temporary public art in Oak Bay, with a plan to build a legacy of permanent public art and convivial art and performances spaces for Oak Bay. This project has been spearheaded over five years by Oak Bay Arts Laureate Barbara Adams, whose vision and leadership is quickly making Oak Bay a destination for arts and culture.

Donate:

Help us to continue to increase the livability and artistic richness of our community by donating to the Mayors' Art Legacy Fund, which seeks to make art accessible in public places, and creates a legacy for future generations. Donations to sustain this program are welcomed, please visit oakbay.ca/parks-recreation/contact-us/planned-giving/mayors-art-legacy-fund or in person at Oak Bay Municipal Hall (2167 Oak Bay Avenue). Donations over $25 will receive a tax deductible receipt. 

Purchase:

All of the current sculptures are for sale for private use (with possession date after April 2020), or they can be donated to Oak Bay for a tax receipt.

Sponsor:

For $1500/year, you or your business can sponsor a sculpture and support our artists. Your name will be featured on the sculpture nameplate, our brochure, and our website.

Downloadable Brochure: ArtsAlive 2019/20 [PDF - 1.2 MB]

Downloadable Map: 2019/20 Artwork Locations [PDF - 2.6 MB ]

ArtsAlive Archive of Previous Public Art

1. Connected

by Paul Reimer

Artistic Statement:

This artwork began as an exploration of combining different materials and different shapes. “Connected” is made entirely from found and recycled materials - railroad track, steel and concrete. I was intrigued by the possibility of turning industrial, utilitarian objects into art.

When I created this sculpture I had no inkling of the effect it would have on people and how they would interact with it. “Connected” was the centerpiece of my annual Christmas art exhibit. Almost everyone who attended posed with the sculpture and wanted their photo taken with it - completely unprompted. They were using it as a frame – some even used the bottom as a frame for their kids and even their dogs.

This is my latest take on the age-old blacksmith tradition of making the functional beautiful and I’m so pleased to see the enthusiastic response people have to it. What began as a desire to connect disparate objects with each other and take them from mundane to engaging, turned into a connection between people and art. My hope is that everyone who engages with this piece will take a second look, not only at other public artworks, but at the everyday objects all around them.

Biography:

Paul was born in Calgary and at the age of six, his family moved to picturesque Crawford Bay, BC. Growing up surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Kootenays instilled in Paul, a love of nature that inspires much of his art to this day.

At 15, Paul began his blacksmithing apprenticeship at the Kootenay Forge and when he was 20, he became the head blacksmith at Fort Steele Heritage Town in Cranbrook, BC. In 2001, at the age of 26, Paul began his own blacksmithing business.

Today, Paul lives with his wife and two children in Cranbrook where family and community involvement are his passions.

Hear more about this sculpture from the artist​:

Location: 

  • Cadboro Bay Road at Estevan Avenue

For Sale Cost:

  • $10,000

Sponsor:

www.urbancoreventures.com

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2. Dreams Can Come True

By David Hunwick

Artistic statement:

This piece depicts the hare jumping over the moon as a metaphor for our desire to reach for our dreams, transcending the limitations of earth bound properties. Where the confluence of desire and passion meet dreams can come true.

Biography:

David studied sculpture at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design in London, UK. (1981-1985)

David currently teaches sculpture at Brentwood College in Mill Bay on Vancouver Island, and also continues to sculpt and paint in his studio based in James Bay, Victoria.

After graduating he trained as a teacher of Art and Design. David’s sculptures are currently located in many private and public collections in The UK; Australia; Germany and Canada.

David was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. Also exhibited at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester at the New Contemporaries show and had sculpture sited at the world-renowned Yorkshire Sculpture Park. David emigrated to Canada in 2001.

David specializes in teaching sculpture, completing commission pieces, and mold making and casting. He taught at Metchosin International School of the Arts in 2012 and also in 2014; Red Deer College in 2016; and in Pietrasanta, Italy each summer as part of the Sculpt Italy experience ( 2012 to present)  In 2009-2010 David was commissioned to work on the Blue Whale project for University of British Columbia.

In 2012, David worked as artist-in-residence at the Gitskan Art Centre in Hazelton, teaching first nation carvers how to mold and cast their artifacts and also molded and cast an 8ft totem. Currently, David is also working on molding and casting another major first nation public sculpture which will be installed at Fraser Valley University in the Fall of 2017. 

Location: 

  • Oak Bay Avenue (between Hampshire & Monterey)

For Sale Cost:

  • $18,000

Sponsor:

Vis à Vis

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3. Ebb and Flow

By Russell Papp

Not part of People’s Choice Award voting

Artistic statement:

Ebb and Flow elegantly reflects the natural balance between the currents and tides, the wind and weather, and the surrounding landscapes and Gary Oaks, unique to south Oak Bay, Victoria, BC. Surrounded by these magnificent trees, and framed by the ocean, Ebb and Flow captures the tensions found in the giant branches of the Oaks, juxtaposed by the strength of the constantly changing currents just off shore. The intricacy, tension and balance of the four interwoven layers of the sculpture, counter balance, and support each other to stand, as do the heavy branches of the Gary Oak. The directional positioning of the individual segments represent the constantly changing tide. Hard angles, square edges and ridge lines symbolize the handmade, quality of nautical design, while the curvatures of the overall form capture the sensuality of the sea and her movement.

Biography:

As a practicing artist and designer for over two decades, Russell Papp has pursued various creative disciplines, both personal and professional. From landscape design, sculpture, film and animation, through major commercial installations for marketing and product branding, his professional work has covered a wide spectrum of the visual arts. He maintains the utmost quality, integrity and attention to detail in all aspects of his work, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between his art and the specific environment in which it functions. This relationship, both practical and conceptual, is essential to his creative process and his work speaks to this sensibility. Russell has traveled widely and has always valued his first hand experience in the landscapes, cities, and galleries of the world. Studying the artwork, admiring the patinas, and travelling through historic landscapes, have provided him with the solid foundation he applies to the creation of his work today. These experiences resonate deeply, giving him a personal perspective and an understanding of the tactile and spatial references, environments, and landmarks that tie the threads of art history together. While this has lead Russell in new directions, he continues to apply the knowledge and quality of craftsmanship drawn from experience.

Hear more about this sculpture from the artist​:

Location: 

  • Haynes Park

For Sale Cost:

  • $22.500

Sponsor:

The Avenue Gallery

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4. Harmony Humpbacks

By Daniel Cline

Artistic statement:

Harmony Humpbacks is a representation of a mother humpback whale and her two calves swimming through their world, connected to each other and their environment. The artist carved this sculpture from a beautiful piece of local marble during the summer of 2017. These animals live in harmony with their environment and each other that is a lesson to all of us.

Biography:

I have been a professional stone sculptor since 1985. I have gained a reputation as a multi-talented stone sculptor, noted for my ability to transform a wide variety of stone into original sculptures of unique grace and spirit. My sculptural interests have progressed from small tabletop creations of beauty to powerful creations of monumental public sculpture. I work in stone because I feel a deep affinity to the material and its connection to the earth and time.

I respect its enduring qualities, textures and strengths while exploring its ability to be transformed and shaped into endless forms. My work is based on discovering that which is unknown or unseen in the stone and bringing it into the world of the visible. My latest work reflects the nature of reality through metaphor and symbol. Exploring that which is universal, mysterious and challenging and sharing the discovery. The main focus of my current work is to create powerful thought provoking pieces.

Location: 

  • Oak Bay Avenue at Wilmot Place

For Sale Cost:

  • $18,000

Sponsor:

Oak Bay Tourism

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5. Jelly

By Nathan Smith

Artistic statement:

One of the most magical beings inhabiting the Salish Sea is the Jelly fish. Found all over the worlds’ ocean, the local varieties of Moon Jelly, Water Jelly and Lion’s Mane have been swimming in the confluence since time immemorial. These free-swimming marine animals are amongst the most extraordinary animals on Earth with an evolutionary history stretching back for hundreds of millions of years. In this sculpture, the artist aims to capture the fluid movement and weightlessness of the species.

Biography:

Artist Nathan Smith started working with metal in 2003, and in 2007, launched his own business Sunsmith Design. His works are diverse ranging from custom commissions in the Nelson Area, to large-scale public art installations throughout British Columbia and Alberta. Known for his sculptural sundials, he was commissioned by the Calgary Zoo and the City of Summerland to create one a of a kind public art armillary style sundials.

His sculptures have featured four years running in Castlegar Sculpture Walk. His piece V Formation was awarded 1st place for the Artistic Merit Award and 2nd place for The People’s Choice in 2015. He has recently completed a contract with the City of Nelson to create an 80 ft artistic railing called Mountains and Clouds located along the waterfront.

Smith is inspired by nature and beautiful design, blending modern metalwork with curves and flair. He finds joy in the creative process of designing and fabricating original art.

Hear more about this sculpture from the artist​:

Location: 

  • Oak Bay Avenue at Hamphire Road

For Sale Cost:

  • $15,000

Sponsor:

Marc Owen-Flood

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6.  Me and My Quiet Thoughts

By Mizzonk

Artistic statement:

The text-based concrete sculpture “Me and My Quiet Thoughts” contains contrast shifting views that one has on the self at different moments. Written and signed by the artist Wan-Yi Lin, the text conveys the shifting moments of finding and recognizing one’s own self-worth and humanity. When one connects with the core of being, it becomes possible to see humaneness not only in the self but in others. Thus a confluence of humanity can merge despite differences in culture and race.

Two reasons to cast the text in concrete, one is for permanency. Internal dialogues can matter, more than what people would like to believe. Making the text permanent suggests the power of inner thoughts. Another reason is to withstand the weather so viewers can see the artwork under the sun, the moon, fog, rain, and snow. The changes in a natural environment will echo the shifting dialogues in the artwork. Every moment is different and new.

Biography:

Mizzonk is the collective name of the artist duo Wan-Yi Lin and Roger Chen. Based in Greater Vancouver, BC, Wan-Yi and Roger received Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture respectively from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. The award-winning duo co-creates desktop objects, wall art, sculptures, billboard art, ephemeral installations, and participatory art. The duo’s works are the outcomes of intuitive curiosity and self-discovery, processes inspired from living in abundant quietude and solitude. Amid a secluded life, the path leading to self-finding emerges naturally. Their art attempts to bring one closer to the inner self.

Me and My Quiet Thoughts Text [PDF - 1.1 MB]

Hear more about this sculpture from the artist​:

Location: 

  • Monterey Recreation Centre (Monterey Avenue)

For Sale Cost:

  • $13,000

Sponsor:

RE/MAX

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7. Portal

By Heather Passmore

Artistic statement:

“Portal” is a steel-framed sculpture comprised entirely of discarded ropes obtained from a third-generation log salvor in Gibsons, BC. I removed ‘log dogs’ from multi-coloured pick-up lines and then used a fid to hand splice a selection of these short 3-ply nylon and polysteel ropes together. This rope covers two base layers of wrapping obtained from one large continuous piece of tow-line. The reconfiguration of everyday, used materials has been an important aspect of my practice for the past fifteen years. My projects frequently intersect class and environmental issues using materials which bear histories of taste and accumulations of labour. Rope, in addition to its socio-historical importance to local nautical and resource-based industries, also bears evidence of the power of the natural environment to erode even the toughest synthetic materials. Unlike organic debris, which biodegrades, plastic photodegrades into ever smaller particles which enter the food chain or various gyres of marine debris such as the Pacific trash vortex.

Biography:

Heather Passmore (b. 1977) is a mixed media artist based in Vancouver, Canada. She holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia (2004) and has exhibited extensively across Canada and internationally for the past fifteen years. Her practice often reconfigures painting, photography and sculpture with socio-historically laden materials. Heather has completed five artist residencies and nine public artworks both locally and abroad. She is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards. Her work is held in many private and official public collections such as the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Hear more about this sculpture from the artist​:

Location: 

  • Willows Beach Esplanade

For Sale Cost:

  • $5,000

Sponsor:

Oak Bay Marine Group

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8. Reflect and Connect

By William Frymire

Artistic statement:

The theme of Confluence inspired “Reflect and Connect” to focus on our interconnectedness and how individual perspectives shape our experiences.  The textures and images on the orb represent personal viewpoints that cloud, or color, our ability to see the centerpoint,or heart, of what binds us together. Walking around the orb, this physical “point of confluence”, allows viewers to investigate the centerpoint from different perspectives, inviting interaction and exploration with the various shapes, colors and textures.

“Reflect and Connect” really evolved differently from my original design during the building phase simply based on mechanics. Originally, the center orb was to be supported by spokes. However, because of the durability factor needed and my desire for viewers to interact closely with the project, the design changed to a single shaft supporting the center orb. This allows unobstructed views internally and I am very pleased with the final visual esthetics and durability of the design.

Biography:

With over 25 years of experience working as a commercial artist, graphic designer, and illustrator, William Frymire is currently pursuing a career in sustainable public art, as well as creating fine art made from both recycled materials and natural stone tile.  William Frymire holds a diploma in Art in Merchandising from Langara College, and a diploma in Digital Art and Design from Thompson Rivers University.  Acknowledged by Thompson Rivers University as a Distinguished Alumni for Professional Achievement, Frymire continues his life long personal education, recently completing courses in TIG welding and Project Management that assist his commitment to create relevant art for the public realm.

Location: 

  • McNeil Bay

For Sale Cost:

  • $18,000

Sponsor:

Barclay’s Fine Jewellers

Oak Bay Pharmasave

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9. Where We Come Together

By Jim Unger

Artistic statement:

I opened my big red Webster’s dictionary to Confluence. I’m more at ease with a book than technology. It says: “a coming together – where things meet.” Since man discovered fire, it’s been the go place. When all we had was an open fire people gathered around. When we advanced to shelters of varying kinds, a fire was always in the centre where we came together to cook, eat or share stories of old or just our day. Today, we don’t, for the most part, have other than fire places, open fires to sit around. The kitchen itself usually becomes to go to place to hang out. The modern kitchen has become our modern day place of confluence.

Biography:

Jim Unger is an artist living and working in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. His working life didn’t start off as an artist, but as a cabinet maker. He says that it’s this work, along with a strong work ethic, the stuff a person has to do everyday to make a living, is why his art practice continues. Jim continues to attend art markets and pursue commissions to show his work to the widest audience possible. His private commissions have found homes across Canada and recently Europe.

Hear more about this sculpture from the artist​:

Location: 

  • Estevan Village

For Sale Cost:

  • $6,800

Sponsor:

Abstract Developments

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10. Winds of Time

By Linda Lindsay

Artistic statement:

The "Winds of Time" and the Salish Sea have brought together an extraordinary confluence of peoples with nature!

The large female figure, rising from the Salish Sea, personifies the unstoppable elements of wind and time. With her knowing smile she seems to say that she has seen it all, and knows what is to come!

We are given a window into the world of the First Nations who have resided on these shores since time immemorial and their reverence for nature. The speaker at the bow of the dugout seeks permission to come into the territory of the orcas, while the sailboat on the opposite side carries a family who are enjoying their opportunity to experience the extraordinary beauty of them. All are relating in some way to their splendour.

The sea surrounding her with its abundance of life, gives us a reminder of the incredible natural world and the richness of this place where all have come together.

“Winds of Time” is cast in bronze for its timeless beauty and durability.

Biography:

Linda Lindsay began her creative journey in California with the encouragement of her artistic family. While studying art at university, she began sculpting the human figure and a lifelong passion was born! Over the years, by sculpting for thousands of hours from life-models, taking additional courses, and studying anatomy while modeling écorché figures she has refined her skills. With great determination to represent the truest sense of the human spirit and beautiful figurative forms, she creates each of her terracotta and bronze sculptures.

With resolve to pass these skills on to others, she earned her teaching credentials while living in California. Qualifying to teach art, at both high school and college levels, she began helping adults of all ages develop their artistic talents.

In 1993 she married a Canadian, and moved to Victoria, British Columbia where she and her husband raised a family. She teaches sculpture in Canada and internationally and is well known as an inspirational instructor who empowers her students with knowledge and skill.

Having lived in both great countries, and through her travels to Africa, Europe and Australasia, her love of humanity, often expressed through its indigenous peoples, has increased in depth, and her understanding of what binds us all finds its way into her sculptures.

Linda’s commissioned and interpretive works can be found in collections across North America.

Location: 

  • Oak Bay Avenue at Hampshire Road

For Sale Cost:

  • $18,000

Sponsor:

Alfa Romeo / Maserati of Victoria

       

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ArtsAlive Archive of Previous Public Art:

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2018 Public Art Tour

All photos below (2018 sculptures) by Britt Swoveland Photography, except: Ocean in Motion photo by Lisa McCulloch, ‘M’akhotso photo by Linda Lindsay, and Nautilus Sail photo by Douglas Taylor.

1. Salmon Cycle

by Trinita Waller 

Born in Calgary, Trinita Waller attended David Thompson Univer- sity in Nelson BC. Art school was full of turning points; having gone with the intention to major in clay and pottery, sculpture soon became a newfound passion. Her background in sculpture led her into the film industry where she used her sculpting skills to build props. She has held many positions in Art departments on a variety of films and television series. Trinita lives and works in her studio in East Sooke. Her art works can be found Canada, USA, SA and Europe and have appeared in a variety of feature films, and television shows.

(Photo credit: Britt Swoveland Photography)

Location: 

  • Oak Bay Avenue at Wilmot Place

For Sale Cost:

  • $18,000

Sponsor:

 

2. Joy of Life in Balance

by Joanne Helm

Joanne Helm was born in Victoria, BC to the Rose family, owners of Rose’s Jewellers. She lived in and attended school in Oak Bay. Joanne received a PhD in Education, 2007, from the University of Calgary and returned to the Island to live in 2009. In 2015 Joanne began to learn to sculpt and traveled to Italy to sculpt and to Paris 2018 and has tried to work with as many experts as possible. Joanne is an emerging sculptor and is interested in sculpting dogs and doing dog tiles and 3-D sculptures using recycled materials and clay.

(Photo credit: Britt Swoveland Photography)

Location: 

  • Oak Bay Avenue at Hampshire Road

For Sale Cost:

  • $14,500

Sponsor:

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3. Citizen

by Ruth Abernethy

Ruth Abernethy grew up on a small farm in Ontario with pets and gardens and an inventive, musical family. A summer job in professional theatre became 20 years of prop building across Canada, and included 15 seasons at the Stratford Festival Theatre where her first bronze was commissioned. This work brought an invitation to sculpt Glenn Gould’s portrait which in- stalled at CBC headquarters in Toronto (1999). Her public bronze portraits have been commissioned across Canada and her subjects include Oscar Peterson, Lester Pearson and national monuments of John McCrae and Queen Elizabeth (underway). In addition to portraiture, Ruth was the first Canadian artist to exhibit with Sculpture-by-the-Sea in Sydney, Australia (2004), and with Sculpture in Context in Dublin, Ireland (2007). Five pieces from her Canadiana Collection were acquired by the Royal Ontario Museum (2009). Ruth has sculptures in Australia, England, and USA. She was the first Canadian to sculpt Abe Lincoln’s portrait for public placement in the U.S. Her works are exhibited in Canada’s official residences in Ottawa as part of the Canadiana State Collection. Ruth divides her time between Wellesley ON and Vancouver BC.

(Photo credit: Britt Swoveland Photography)

Location: 

  • Oak Bay Avenue (between Hampshire Road & Monterey Avenue)

For Sale Cost:

  • $18,000

Sponsor:

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/the-avenue-gallery-logo.jpg

 

4. Busking in Town Square

by Douglas Walker

Douglas Walker is a Canadian sculptor based on Vancouver Is- land. Working mainly with a variety of recycled objects collected at thrift stores and scrap yards, Douglas creates sculptures best described as whimsical and slightly eccentric. He is best known for upcycling discarded musical instruments, such as tubas and trombones, into water features. Always stretching his limits he has created life size musicians, singers and dancers, wacky wind machines and pipe mazes. Douglas has won both national and international awards for his sculptures. Works created by Douglas can be found throughout North America, Dubai the UK and Australia.

(Photo credit: Britt Swoveland Photography)

Location: 

  • Hampshire Road at Oak Bay Avenue

For Sale Cost:

  • $18,000

Sponsor:

 

5. 'M’akhotso

by Linda Lindsay (Assisted by David Lindsay)

Linda Lindsay began sculpting the human figure in the 1970’s while studying art at University. With passion she has sculpted the figure for over 40 years. She has dedicated herself to refining her skills, in order to create bronze and terracotta sculp- tures, which sensitively represent the human spirit in accurately sculpted figurative forms. She teaches sculpture in Canada and Italy, and is well known as an inspirational instructor who empowers her students with knowledge and skill. Linda’s commissioned and interpretive works can be found in collections across Canada, and the US. ‘M’akhotso, (Mother of peace) represents the “balancing act” of hope and challenge that many immigrants experience.

(Photo credit: Linda Lindsay)

Location: 

  • Oak Bay Library/Monterey Recreation Centre (Monterey Avenue)

For Sale Cost:

  • $18,000

Sponsors:

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6. Oak Happiness

by Graham Thompson & Sherry Tompalski

The “Oak Happiness” sculpture encourages viewers to take the peace and wisdom of the oak tree into their daily lives as we are strengthened and balanced when we are one with nature. Nature nurtures us and immunizes us against stress and the “Oak Happiness” sculpture is a representation of this process. “Oak Happiness” is a vibrant character with presence. He will be noticed and excite comment, as he invites relationship in his colorful way. He is not fxed, can and will change, responding  to the setting as he is transparent, so you can see into him, as he takes in his surroundings. His expression is interesting… curious, pensive, enigmatic or maybe surprised? The sculpture was inspired by Oak Bay’s motto “Sub Quercu Felicitas”, Latin for “Happiness Under The Oaks”. Shortly after “Oak Happiness” was installed at the entrance of the Oak Bay Village, a viewer remarked that he is a modern day Janus, (the 2-faced Roman god), “the god of transitions, begin- nings and endings, future and past, and so is perfectly placed on the boundary of the Village. Sherry Tompalski and Graham Thompson have collaborated on art projects for over 20 years and exhibited widely.

(Photo credit: Britt Swoveland Photography)

Location: 

  • Oak Bay Avenue (between Monterey Avenue & Oliver Street)

For Sale Cost:

  • $10,000

Sponsor:

 

7. Ocean in Motion*

by Fred Dobbs

*Note: not part of People's Choice Award Voting

With over 25 years of sculpting prowess in a wide range of mediums including and not limited to: bronze, cold cast polymers, concrete, sand, snow/ice and even edibles like pumpkins and choc- olate! Fred Dobbs has numerous awards and honours in Canada as well as International acclaim in Australia, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, South Korea, Kuwait, Mexico and the USA. He sculpts primarily fgurative and architectural pieces that dazzle, regardless of the material he is working with. Most recent acclaims: Guinness World Record in Miami, Florida - 2015, for the tallest Sand Castle and Peoples Choice Winner at Sculpture Splash 2015, bronze Sculpture titled “Pearl”.

(Photo credit: Lisa McCulloch)

Location:

  • Haynes Park (on Beach Drive)

For Sale Cost:

  • $42,000

Sponsor:

 

8. In-Tension

by Tarig Adam

I was able to draw before learning how to write. However, after completing my visual art degree at the University of Victoria, I discovered that art-making involves more than just drawing. This realization inspired my multidisciplinary approach. As a result, even though I still draw, my artwork manifested in many mediums such as paintings, photogra- phy, videos and sculptures. I was born in Sudan and moved to Victoria in my early twenties thus my artwork explores themes of migrations, colonialism, and identity. For these themes the physicality of space and how the body relates to it plays a threading visual and experiential apparatus. My passion for creative endeav- ors led me to pursue a career in architecture. Architectural training enabled me to consider the public space as a mode of expression as well as an avenue to experience art.

(Photo credit: Britt Swoveland Photography)

Location: 

  • Willows Beach Esplanade

For Sale Cost:

  • $12,000

Sponsor:

 

9. Fetch

by Christina Nick

Christina Nick is a multi-disciplinary artist whose intense interest in nature, travel and the environment are refected in her artwork. Since graduating from Mount Allison University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction, Christina has been living her vision of bringing her experiences in nature to life through her art. It was in Brackendale, BC and in Southern France that Christina first gained international recognition for her artwork, notably for her large welded steel sculptures. She continues to maintain a studio in both places, and works in welded steel, cire perdue bronze, carved stone and wood, and multi media paintings. For many years now sculpture for Christina has become a lifelong passion and a strong focus. Christina creates monumental free- standing sculptures out of welded steel using recycled materials, transforming them by cold hammering and welding using a variety of welders. She often mixes media using fiberglass resin, pigments, skulls, rope, different fibers and found objects in her creations. Christina’s sculpture “Fetch” at Arts Alive represents the moment of balance that a dog, in its focus and motivation in leaping forward to chase a stick, has tipped upward and forward at the same time. It is a moment of movement caught in time.

(Photo credit: Britt Swoveland Photography)

Location: 

  • Willows Beach Esplanade

For Sale Cost:

  • $3,200

Sponsor:

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10. Nautilus Sail

by Douglas Taylor

The imagery in the Nautilus Sail brings to mind the nature of West Coast living. The Moon Snail is readily found on our beach- es and is seen here graphically as the Chambered Nautilus. The configuration of chambers clearly represents the ocean’s wave action. This and the trellis-like profile to the sails provide a site specific relevance to the Rose Garden’s ocean side location. The overlaying of three skeletal Nautilus depicts the micro biology of a simple organism while illustrating the macrocosm of the Milky Way. This design falls into the realm of the golden spiral, a mathematical order to the universe at the very root of human activities. Doug Taylor focuses largely on wind and water-powered kinetic mobiles, implementing renewable energy and exploring the relationship between society, technology and the environment. His work is installed in Seattle Centre, Whistler’s World Cup Plaza, Victoria’s Selkirk Waterfront and Willows Beach, Vancouver’s False Creek and Kitsilano Pool. Art In America awarded Seattle Center’s Bird Song Listening Station one of 17 most noted international public art works in 2008.

(Photo credit: Douglas Taylor)

Location: 

  • Lokier Rose Garden (Estevan Avenue at Musgrave Street)

For Sale Cost:

  • $18,000

Sponsor:

 

11. Bloom

by Nathan Smith

Artist Nathan Smith started working with metal in 2003, and in 2007, launched his own business Sunsmith Design. His works are diverse ranging from custom commissions in the Nelson area, to large-scale public art installations throughout BC and Alberta. Known for his sculptural sundials, he was commissioned by the Calgary Zoo and the City of Summerland to create one a of a kind public art armillary style sundials. His sculptures have featured four years running in Castlegar Sculpture Walk. His piece V Formation was awarded 1st place for the Artistic Merit Award and 2nd place for The People’s Choice in 2015. He has recently been awarded a contract by the City of Nelson to create a 80 ft artistic railing called Mountains and Clouds to be located along the waterfront. Smith is inspired by nature and beautiful design, blending modern metalwork with curves and fair. He finds joy in the creative process of designing and fabricating original art.

Sponsored by:

(Photo credit: Britt Swoveland Photography)

Location: 

  • Cadboro Bay Road at Estevan Avenue

For Sale Cost:

  • $18,000

Sponsor:

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/abstract-dev-logo.jpg

 

12. Bocarrova

by David Cross

I am a child of the twentieth century. There were open roads coursed by convertibles without seat belts, and fastbacks with earth pounding V-8 engines. Brave men piloted glorified tin cans propelled by massive rockets into “outer space”. We played outdoors, unsupervised, went on Sunday drives. Our black and white TV got seven channels (a couple more on a good day) and three were from Buffalo, NY. Blackened limestone mills were scattered about our town; their windows agape releasing the thundering sounds of power hammers and the acrid smell of hot iron. All this has passed. My life has turned in unexpected ways. With little planning and no defined goals, I acted on a decades old desire to create; to use my hands, to make something. I learned to manipulate metals; earthly elements. Methods, techniques, technologies were studied, experi- mented with, and practiced. My sculptural work is deeply rooted in that past century; the portion I witnessed and much that came before. But it is not nostalgic. Art Deco skyscrapers, streamliners, air-cooled motorcycle engines, sci-fi movie sets and concept cars from Detroit: these are acknowledged; not mourned. Forms are always changing, in motion, leading me on- ward. I see in them something not wholly natural, but they are alive none-the-less; a dialogue and a dance unfolds between the organic and the manufactured. These interactions are sometimes tense and threatening, sometimes melodic and serene, always genuine.

(Photo credit: Britt Swoveland Photography)

Location: 

  • McNeill Bay (Beach Drive)

For Sale Cost:

  • $5,900

Sponsor:

www.urbancoreventures.com

 

13. Dream Window*

by Illarion Gallant​

*Note: On loan from the artist - not part of People's Choice Award Voting

(Photo credit: Britt Swoveland Photography)

Location:

  • Landsdowne Road at Beach Drive

For Sale Cost:

  • $40,000
2017 Public Art Tour

2017 People’s Choice Award was awarded to Lunar Transitions sculpture by Fred Dobbs:

Photo credit: Britt Swoveland       

The residents of Oak Bay voted on their favourite ArtsAlive sculptures of 2017, and Lunar Transitions, the Raven and moon sculpture situated at the corner of Oak Bay Avenue and Hampshire Road, is the crowd favourite.  Artist Fred Dobbs’ Lunar Transitions sculpture received the highest number of public votes, and will now be considered for purchase by the Municipality of Oak Bay. The remaining sculptures are for sale for private residences, or can be purchased and donated to Municipality of Oak Bay for a tax receipt. Honorable mention goes to Bodhi Frog by Doug Taylor, and The Gatekeeper by David Hunwick, which were runners-up for the People’s Choice Award. Votes were collected by both paper ballot and QR codes between throughout the summer and fall. Voting ended November 1, 2017.

 

1. Prevail & Conquer

by Nate Nettleton

Location: 

  • Oak Bay Avenue / Mitchell Street

For Sale Cost:

  • $2,500

Sponsors:

www.Luxurybchomes.com

 

2. Inside Passage

by Angelos Glaros

Location:

  • Oak Bay Avenue/Wilmot Place

For Sale Cost:

  • $18,000 

Sponsor:

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/rbc-logo.jpg

 

3. Gardener’s Gown​

by Bev Petow

Location:

  • Hampshire Road / Oak Bay Avenue

For Sale Cost:

  • Stone: $8,000

Sponsors:

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/vis-a-vis-logo.jpg

 

4. Lunar Transitions

by Fred Dobbs

Location:

  • Oak Bay Avenue / Hampshire Road

For Sale Cost:

  • $18,000

Sponsors:

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/ob-village-logo.jpg

 

5. Fui FLoss

by Richard Smith

Location:

  • Oak Bay Avenue  (east of Hampshire Road)

For Sale Cost:

  • $1,350

Sponsor:

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/leslie-farrell-logo.jpg

 

6. The Gatekeeper

by David Hunwick

Location:

  • Oak Bay Avenue / Monterey Avenue

For Sale Cost:

  • $18,000

Sponsor:

    https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/barclays-jewel-logo-newer.jpg

 

7. Threads of Hope​

by Ginny Glover

Location:

  • Oak Bay Library parking lot, on Monterey Avenue

For Sale Cost:

  • $6,500

Sponsor:

JN Developments:

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/the-clive-logo.jpg

 

8. Ghost Cat

by Fred Dobbs

Location:

  • Haynes Park

For Sale Cost:

  • $12,000 SOLD

Sponsor:

www.urbancoreventures.com

 

9. Ocean in Motion

by Fred Dobbs

(Photo credit: Lisa McCulloch)

Location:

  • Haynes Park

For Sale Cost:

  • $42,000

Sponsor:

www.urbancoreventures.com

 

10. Bodhi Frog

by Douglas Taylor​

Location:

  • Willows Beach at Estevan Avenue

For Sale Cost:

  • $11,000 SOLD

Sponsor:

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/marc-owen-flood-logo-newer.jpg

 

11. Island Cedar

by Paul Reimer

Location:

  • Estevan Village

For Sale Cost:

  • $17,500

Sponsor:

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/remax-logo.jpg

 

12. What the Nose Knows

by Ronald  Simmer

Location:

  • Lokier Gardens (Estevan Avenue/ Musgrace Street)

For Sale Cost:

  • $15,000

Sponsor:  

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/the-avenue-gallery-logo.jpg

 

13. Beetle Bench 2017

by Vaughn Warren​

Location:

  • Cadboro BayRoad / Estevan Avenue

For Sale Cost:

  • $4,000

Sponsor:

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/abstract-dev-logo.jpg

 

14. Dream Window

by Illarion Gallant​

Location:

  • Landsdowne Road at Beach Drive

For Sale Cost:

  • $40,000

Sponsor:

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/winchester-logo.jpg

2016 Public Art Tour

1. Sleeping Giants

by Nathan Scott & Fred Dobbs

Location: 

  • Oak Bay Municipal Hall still showing in 2017

For Sale Cost:

  • $15,500

Sponsors:

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/athlone-travel-logo.jpg    https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/barclays-jewel-logo-newer.jpg

 

2. Spring of Life

by Pavel Barta

Location:

  • Oak Bay Avenue at Wilmot

For Sale Cost:

  • $7000

Sponsor:  

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/the-avenue-gallery-logo.jpg

 

3. Bliss & Swept Away

by Ginny Glover

Location:

  • Oak Bay (east of Wilmot)

For Sale Cost:

  • $10,000 ($5000 each)

Sponsor:

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/rbc-logo.jpg

 

4. Double Spinner

by Lyman Whitaker

Location:

  • Oak Bay at Hampshire

For Sale Cost:

  • $7800

Sponsors:

  • Audrey McFarlane CFP, Edward Jones
  • Carlton House
  • Horne Coupar, Barristers & Solicitors
  • Oak Bay Pharmasave
  • Ottavio Italian Bakery & Delicatessen
  • SB Windows and Doors
  • ScotiaBank
  • SeaFirst Insurance
  • Side Street Studio

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https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/pharmasave-logo.jpg    https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/ottavio-logo.jpg    https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/scotiabank-logo.jpg    https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/seafirst-logo.jpg    https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/side-street-studio-logo.jpg

 

5. Owl Under the Oak

by Scott Gillies

Location:

  • Oak Bay (east of Hampshire)

For Sale Cost:

  • $3500

Sponsor:

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/abstract-dev-logo.jpg

 

6. Return of the Eagles

by Maarten Schaddelee

Location:

  • Oak Bay (east of Monterey Avenue)

For Sale Cost:

  • $20,000

Sponsor:

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/marc-owen-flood-logo-newer.jpg

 

7. Leaf Mobile

by Doug R Taylor

Location:

  • Monterey Recreation Centre

For Sale Cost:

  • $10,500

Sponsor:

JN Developments:

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/the-clive-logo.jpg

 

8. The Hunt

by Ken Hall

Location:

  • Queens' Park  still showing in 2017

For Sale Cost:

  • $28,000

Sponsor:

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/pharmasave-logo.jpg

 

9. Rite of Spring

by David Hunwick

Location:

  • Cadboro Bay (south of Estevan Avenue)

For Sale Cost:

  • Stone: $10,000
  • Bronze: $18,000

Sponsors:

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/vis-a-vis-logo.jpg

 

10. Meditation

by Ellen Scobie

Location:

  • Estevan Village Sidewalk

For Sale Cost:

  • $15,000

Sponsors:

Estevan Shops:

  • Crumsby’s Café
  • Calla Design
  • Estevan Pharmacy
  • The Bungalow
  • En Visage Hair Design
  • Willows Galley

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11. Maturity Turn

by Nathalie Quagliotto

Location:

  • Estevan Village Sidewalk

For Sale Cost:

  • $3500

Sponsor:

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/leslie-farrell-logo.jpg

 

12. Group of 7

by Illarian Gallant

Location:

  • Lokier Garden

For Sale Cost:

  • $18,000

Sponsor:

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/winchester-logo.jpg   

 

13. Beating Heart

by Ronald V. Simmer

Location:

  • Henderson Recreation Centre

For Sale Cost:

  • $15,000

Sponsor:

https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/pictures/remax-logo.jpg

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